BJU Public Relations

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Michael Pettit Interns for Bob Jones University Cancer Research Lab

Michael Pettit

GREENVILLE, S.C. (July 7, 2017) – Michael Pettit, a senior biology major at Bob Jones University, serves this summer as an intern for the Research Immersion for Undergraduates (RIU) program as a part of the Bob Jones University Cancer Research Lab in Greenville, South Carolina.

Pettit, a resident of Myerstown, Pennsylvania, will be conducting cancer research using beaded lizard venom as a potential means of treatment.

“It’s a privilege to be able to do cancer research at BJU for a second summer in a row,” says Pettit. “This opportunity provides invaluable insight in lab technique and understanding in the realm of cancer biology.”

Stephen Hawkey Joins Greenville Symphony Orchestra

Stephen Hawkey

GREENVILLE, S.C. (July 6, 2017) – Stephen Hawkey, a senior orchestral instrument performance major at Bob Jones University, was recently selected for the cello section of the Greenville Symphony Orchestra (GSO), becoming the youngest current cellist in the orchestra.

The GSO is dedicated to providing educational and cultural opportunities for the citizens of Greenville and surrounding communities through the presentation of live orchestral music. Offering excellence in live musical performance, the orchestra enriches lives, educates minds and encourages community support of the arts.

Hawkey, a resident of Hendersonville, North Carolina, will participate in over 50 rehearsals and concerts during the 2017-2018 GSO season, including a performance with 28-year-old Korean pianist Yekwon Wunwoo, the recent winner of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.

“Playing with the GSO this next season will help prepare me for the rest of my career as an orchestral musician,” says Hawkey. “Performing a vast repertoire of music and playing alongside other professionals is vital for a musician my age, and I’m thrilled for the opportunity.”

Elliott Martin Serves as Intern for Kahua Baptist Church

Elliott Martin

GREENVILLE, S.C. (July 5, 2017) – Elliott Martin, a sophomore cross-cultural service major at Bob Jones University, serves this summer as an intern for Kahua Baptist Church in Kapolei, Hawaii, on the island of Oahu.

Martin, a resident of Simpsonville, South Carolina, will be helping with sermon preparations, making personal visits, and working with the church. He will also be filling in for the youth pastor and working with the camp ministry at Camp Kupono.

“This opportunity will allow me to be exposed to many different types of ministry, including pastoring, youth pastoring, teaching, camp ministry, and the closest thing to cross-cultural ministry as possible without leaving the United States,” says Martin. “I am hoping that through this internship God will give me guidance as to what He would want me to do in the future and that He would use me to impact the teens and other people that I will come in contact with for Christ.”

Anthony ‘Ryan’ Counts Interns for Founders Federal Credit Union

Anthony Counts

GREENVILLE, S.C. (July 3, 2017) – Anthony ‘Ryan’ Counts, a junior information technology (IT) major at Bob Jones University, interns this summer with Founders Federal Credit Union headquartered in Lancaster, South Carolina.

Counts, a resident of Lancaster, works in the IT department as a technical assistant. Some of his responsibilities include deploying PC images, troubleshooting network connection issues, replacing old computers, installing new workstations, and assisting team members as needed.

“I believe that my internship is the most valuable experience of my academic career because I am putting into practice the knowledge and skills I have been learning in the classroom over the past few years,” said Counts. “This opportunity gives me real world expectations of what it is like to work in my field of study, and that experience is priceless when it comes to finding a full-time job after graduation.”

Joshua Strubel Interns with Naval Postgraduate School

Joshua Strubel

GREENVILLE, S.C. (June 30, 2017) – Joshua Strubel, a senior engineering major at Bob Jones University, is participating this summer in a ten-week internship at the Naval Postgraduate School located in Monterey, California.

Strubel, a resident of Simpsonville, South Carolina, designs and conducts experiments for the United States Navy in the area of applied sleep research as well as doing statistical analysis and leading an intern team.

“This internship gives me the opportunity to conduct research at a very prestigious institution and to have that research published,” said Strubel. “This opportunity is a huge step into getting into the top graduate schools.”

Flags at Half-Staff at Bob Jones University

GREENVILLE, S.C. (June 30, 2017) — At the request of South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster, flags at Bob Jones University will be flown at half-staff through sundown today to honor the  memory and public service of D. Leslie Tindal, Jr., former Commissioner of the South Carolina Department of Agriculture (1982-2002).


Ledbetter Wins Best Student Production at ICVM Crown Awards

Rachel Madeira Ledbetter

GREENVILLE, S.C. (June 29, 2017) – Rachel Madeira Ledbetter, a 2016 graduate of Bob Jones University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Cinema Production, won Best Student Production for her film Going Back at the 42nd annual International Christian Visual Media (ICVM) Conference held June 25-28 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Presented each year at the ICVM Conference, the Crown Awards recognize excellence in the production and content of films and videos that are created to reflect Christian values.

“We are so proud of Rachel and her outstanding accomplishment,” says Dr. Darren Lawson, dean of the School of Fine Arts and Communication at BJU. “Her hard work and dedication to excellence was evident in her senior film project, a piece of art truly deserving of the two national awards it has earned.”

Ledbetter, a resident of Central, South Carolina, also received first place in narrative film in the Intercollegiate National Religious Broadcasters (iNRB) Student Production Awards Competition for her film earlier this year.

Going Back tells the story of Emma, a 16 year-old girl who succumbs to mental paralysis from post-traumatic stress following an accident that claimed her father’s life, as she questions whether her life is really worth living.

Tyler Smith Interns for Raymond James

Tyler Smith

GREENVILLE, S.C. (June 28, 2017) – Tyler Smith, a junior business finance major at Bob Jones University, serves as an intern this summer for the Faust-Boyer Group of Raymond James in Greer, South Carolina.

Smith, a resident of West Columbia, South Carolina, is serving as a client services specialist as well as working to implement updates to back office communication procedures at the firm. He will also be researching stocks and learning more about the methods and tools of financial planning.

“This internship has been such an eye opener in the field of financial planning,” said Smith. “I cannot wait to dive even deeper and learn more about this field.”

Stephen Hawkey Places in PRISMA Festival

Stephen Hawkey

GREENVILLE, S.C. (June 27, 2017) – Stephen Hawkey, a senior orchestral instrument performance major at Bob Jones University, placed as one of the top three finalists at the Pacific Region International Summer Music Academy (PRISMA) Festival held June 12-24 in Powell River, Canada.

The PRISMA Festival is an opportunity for enthusiastic young musicians to prepare for positions in professional orchestras. PRISMA draws over 5,000 concertgoers from British Columbia and beyond to daily musical events, symphony and chamber music concerts, master classes and student recitals.

Hawkey, a resident of Hendersonville, North Carolina, performed Shostakovich’s First Cello Concerto and was given the opportunity to study with world-renowned cellist Yegor Dyachkov while at PRISMA.

“Stephen has everything it takes to have a successful music career,” says Dr. Yuriy Leonovich of BJU’s music faculty. “He has the technique, the personality, the stage presence, and the charisma that make him an exceptional musician and I expect that we will see him playing alongside the greats in the next decade.”

Ezra John Pio Interns for G and W Electric Company

Ezra John Pio

GREENVILLE, S.C. (June 26, 2017) – Ezra John Pio, a sophomore engineering major at Bob Jones University, serves as an intern this summer for G and W Electric Company located in Bolingbrook, Illinois.

Pio, a resident of Orland Park, Illinois, designs production and material processes while eliminating waste.

“This internship is valuable to me because it has given me insight into what engineering in the real world looks like,” says Pio. “Through this experience, I have been able to implement the things I am learning in the classroom in a professional setting.”